Nieuws - 19 september 2002

Lecture review: CIS 22304

Lecture review: CIS 22304

Introduction to Communication and Innovation studies

Lecturer Professor Cees Leeuwis

After 6 years of avoiding as many lectures as possible I find myself saying to my boss: "Hey, wouldn't it be a good idea to write reviews of different lectures." Oh oh! Should have kept my mouth shut.

Going back to class is hard enough as it is, so I start with something that interests me. The teacher is Cees Leeuwis, the new professor of Communication and Innovation studies.

Arriving late doesn't seem to be a problem. Getting into the lecture is quite easy. The 'definitions of extension as communicative innovation' are presented on a sheet. The teacher basically reads the definitions out loud and then explains them by using the same words, some examples and lots of hand- and arm movements.

Most of the 45 students seem to listen attentively. Good English and a nice voice make it easy to follow Leeuwis. He doesn't get distracted when more students arrive late.

Every now and then Leeuwis stumbles a bit, as if he's focusing on the sheets too much. A quick glance at the reader tells that the information on the sheets is all in there too.

Lectures that only deal with the prescribed material are usually not very interesting, but this one is not boring not only because it's an interesting topic, but Leeuwis imparts genuine enthusiasm.

However, the lecture can't be called inspiring either. It could do with more 'juicy' examples and personal experiences, and although Leeuwis listens to the questions and opinions of students, he presents his own ideas and definitions as if they are the obvious truth.

As the end of the lecture draws near, Leeuwis starts to speed up; he looks on his wristwatch several times. That and the frequent nose rubbing make it hard to concentrate.

Leeuwis finishes his story. For someone who has never been fond of going to lectures, this one was not too bad. It's a pity that personal and students' experiences were missing. At the end of the lecture Leeuwis makes up for this by asking students to talk about their own experiences next time.

Leonie Mossink

This is the first in a series of lecture reviews. These will be published alternately in English and Dutch.